By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Reading a biography late into the night, I found myself swallowed up by the harrowing experience of a Japanese Buddhist who was shot down in WW II while performing an air strike on an American fleet.
 Imprisoned in a POW camp he was intersected by a Bible that was placed in his cell and he began to thumb through it and be drawn to it while imprisoned.
While sitting in a cell externally,
The Japanese Buddhist became a free man internally,
And he found new life in Christ ... while in that cell.
Many times in our lives we find ourselves imprisoned in a cell.
Perhaps we took on the wrong company or were simply drawn to a wrong activity,
But in any and all events we find ourselves "walled off" from God and true fellowship.
Man's recourse in any state of imprisonment never changes,
Whether saved or unsaved,
His recourse is forever the same:
Repent and receive the truth, forgiveness, and grace that Christ offers and be set free.
In doing so, the cell that was deemed to imprison becomes the cell where God reveals Himself and sets us free. This wondrous activity is a supernatural activity by which God is glorified to the greatest and highest degree.
Fall on your knees before God in your cell,
And He'll set your soul free.
I'm extremely struck, along with my Japanese brother, by his selection of a verse that profoundly empowered him while in the cell.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings as eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
And they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31